September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963
Written by Herbert Happy Lawson
Recorded by Patsy Cline February 15 1962
Patsy Cline (September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963), born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Gore, Virginia, was an American country music singer who was successful in pop music crossovers during the early 1960s era of the Nashville sound. Prior to her death at age 30 in a private plane crash, she was at the height of her career. She is considered to be one of the most influential, successful, and acclaimed female vocalists of the 20th century.
Cline was best known for her rich tone, emotionally expressive and bold contralto voice, and her role as a pioneer in the country music industry. She helped pave the way for headlining women in country music. Prior to the early 1960s, so-called "girl singers" were seen by the male-dominated realm of country music as mere "window dressing", only necessary to attract male listeners to their shows. Cline's rise to popularity changed that, and she has been cited as an inspiration by singers in several music genres. There are books, movies, documentaries, articles and stage plays documenting her life and career.